While Unai Emery has managed to steady the ship at Arsenal after a rather slow start to his career in North London, he faced one of the biggest tests for an Arsenal manager yesterday – playing against bitter rivals Tottenham at the Emirates and boy he didn’t disappoint.
Even though it was his first taste of the North London derby, the Spaniard seemed well prepared and looked like a man possessed, pacing up and down his technical area throughout the game.
His enthusiasm surely rubbed off on his team as well with the Gunners running away 4-2 winners at the end of what was a thoroughly entertaining game of football.
But a good game of football is definitely not the only aspect expected from the NLD over the years with the fixture renowned for getting feisty with plenty of drama on the pitch and there wasn’t any shortage of such incidents during the latest edition edition as well.
Things got ugly pretty quick after Spurs players were a bit vocal during their celebrations after scoring the equalizer in the first half leading to full fledged shoving contest between several Arsenal substitutes and Tottenham’s players near the touchlines.
The situation looked pretty reckless until Mauricio Pochettino stepped in to cool things down, literally dragging away the likes of Dele Alli and Eric Dier from the scene.
The Gunners stepped on the pedal following the break and regained their lead through Lacazette in the 74th minute before new man Lucas Torreira wrapped up the win three minutes later.
While Lacazette and Aubameyang put Spurs on the rope with their clinical finishing, it was Torreira who really stole the show.
The Uruguayan put in one of his best performances in an Arsenal shirt and stamped his authority on the fixture with his closing down right from start to finish.
Piers Morgan ‘warrior’ tweet about Lucas Torreira
The 22-year-old couldn’t have possibly picked a better fixture to start his goal scoring account at the club as well and Piers Morgan was absolutely spot on with his tweet labeling the 22-year-old as a “Warrior” because that’s exactly the sort of Torreira fans got to see yesterday evening.
The Uruguayan brought the kind of tenacity not seen from an Arsenal midfielder since Patrick Vieira hung up his shoes and looked very much like a diminutive version of the legendary Frenchman with his unbelievable work rate and sheer passion to win the ball back for his team.
One incident that has been especially talked about on social media is when Torreira refused to give the ball up despite being cornered by both Alli and Eriksen during a Spurs attack.
Even after hitting the ground, the former man refused to stop fighting and his perseverance ultimately paid off as he brilliantly came away with the ball for his team as his opponents looked on.
Painting the town red ! Check out a clip of Torreira absolutely bossing Dele Alli and Eriksen here :